Jena Henry's Reviews > Game Changer: A Parkwood Mystery

Game Changer by Jennifer Brown
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it was amazing

Cozy mysteries are a popular genre. If you are not convinced of that, then this is the book that will win your heart. The Game Changer is the first in a new series. Good thing, because this book ended far too soon. The characters in this book are delightful, the town of Parkwood is delightful, and the writing is…delightful!

Parkwood is a small, but proud town and football is a big deal, especially when there’s a homecoming game and Parkwood is playing it’s biggest rival. When the visiting coach dies in the parking lot, the book blurb says, “the whole town is on edge.” But, really, none of the townsfolk are bothered at all. They are much more focused on the new giblet gravy at the local Hibiscus café or the opening of a second bank branch in town. Even the police chief is convinced there’s been no crime.

Enter Hollis and Daisy. Hollis was an up-and-coming crime reported who moved to Parkwood after breaking up with her boyfriend. She now works for the local paper and her biggest story has been her scintillating article about the new hotdog roller machine at the stadium concession stand. Daisy is her neighbor, the ever-bouncy mother of 4 wild children, who gets nine minutes of free time a day. Hollis and Daisy decide to start a real-life crime and baking podcast, and when they learn of the death of the coach they appoint themselves to solve it.

A handsome police officer tries to keep tabs on them. Hollis’ ex-boyfriend shows up. Hollis’s zany mother and aunt call her all the time. Daisy’s husband is a big kid hiding in a box fort. But Hollis and Daisy keep on with their podcast, baking, crime solving and friendship.

I laughed with and loved the characters. The dialogue and descriptions are hilarious, and there is a good heart to this story. The mystery was fun to unravel. The book ends with Hollis in pursuit of a breaking news story- something about a “hullabaloo”- so I hope that’s going to be the start of book 2 in the series. Thanks to Net Galley and Hallmark Publishing for an advance digital review copy. This is my honest review.

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Finished Reading
October 4, 2019 – Shelved

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